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Oregon: Police seek 11 Republican Senators — in hiding to stop vote on 80% carbon reduction

State troopers have been called in to get Oregon’s Republican senators back to vote on a climate change bill, but all 11 senators are in secret locations apparently interstate. No vote can take place on anything without at least one of those senators being in the chamber to vote.

Oregon Standoff, Eleven Senators in hiding.

Oregon’s Republican state senators go into hiding over climate change vote amid militia threat


Eleven Republicans refused to show up to work on Thursday and went into hiding in protest of HB2020, a bill that establishes a carbon cap, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Industries that emit carbon dioxide — power plants, manufacturers, etc. — would have to buy an “allowance” for each metric ton emitted, thereby reducing the incentive to produce carbon dioxide in the first place.

The goal of the bill is to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 versus 1990 numbers.

It’s a question of democracy: On the one hand, if Oregonians voted for this draconian cut, they ought get it. On the other, the Republicans are incensed and want a democratic solution — a state wide ballot. The legislation is such a disaster for a large proportion of Oregon’s voters that Republicans feel this is their only option. It’s a version of a filibuster.

So let’s give the people a real debate and a real vote and end the stand off now. What are the democrats afraid of?

Democracy on the rocks:

Why a group of US state senators are being hunted by police


Democratic Governor Kate Brown then authorised state police to try to locate them.

…petrol and diesel prices are expected to go up. Republicans say these changes will disproportionally affect rural Oregonians, like farm workers and loggers. They argue the plan should be referred to a state-wide ballot so “every Oregonian has a voice”.
Democrats hold 18 of the 30 seats in the state senate, but 20 senators have to be present for a vote to take place.

This is the second time they have recently walked out – winning concessions on gun and vaccination laws after another incident last month.

Other boycotts have also been known to happen elsewhere, including by Wisconsin Democrats in 2011.

The senators are being ordered to pay $500 (£390) each for every day they are absent. An online fundraiser to pay their fines has so far raised almost $38,000 (£30,000) as of Sunday.

Democrats once did a similar thing staging a five day walkout on “redistricting”.
The twitter feed where the action is: @Oregon_GOP.  That twitter account is heavy on sarcasm, calling photos of children and peaceful protesters “heavily armed militia”. Lots of people don’t understand satire, including AOC, who felt the need to yell back “These are people protesting peacefully – hence their POSTERS & not FIREARMS”.
Apparently the cost per family of HB2020 is in the order of $600 per year, which makes it all exactly the same as what Australian familes were paying two years ago for solar and wind. (We’re paying more now).
Where were our conservative MP’s? Voting for more.

h/t Ibbogram, Pat, David B.

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